I first visited the Rio Grande Valley (RGV), the southernmost area of Texas along the US/Mexico border, in April 2010 on a tour arranged by Greater Texas Foundation.During that visit, I met a remarkable young woman named “Luz.” She was the daughter of Hispanic immigrants, and every year, her parents pulled her out of school months early so that she could pick produce with them as a migrant worker. While her peers were in school, Luz was working 14-hour days, carrying a plastic bag to go to the bathroom in so that she didn’t have to stop picking. At fifteen, she told her parents that her education was too important, and that she wouldn’t be going with them anymore, at which point they basically disowned her. She “couch-surfed” for several years on her own and continued to work 14-hour days – only this time on her school work. Upon graduating from high school, Luz received a full scholarship to the University of Texas at Brownsville, and went on to get a full scholarship to dental school. Hers is a story of grit, determination, and desire – a story of success. However, that success was against great odds. As she told her story, I kept thinking over and over to myself that it just shouldn’t be that hard, that we have an obligation to make it easier for young people in the RGV to attend and complete college.